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Business briefcase: June 20, 2014

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JHS therapist earns expert credential

Jewish Hospital Shelbyville therapist Melissa Kannady, OTR/L, CHT, has earned credentials as a certified hand therapist through the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Inc. Kannady has worked at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville’s Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, for 10 years.

Certification requirements include at least five years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist, a minimum of 4,000 hours in direct practice in hand therapy, and successful completion of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper limb rehabilitation.

According to Andrew Duffee MD, KentuckyOne Orthopedic Associates in Shelbyville, many physicians direct patients to Certified Hand Therapists to ensure the best results in treatment.

"Certified hand therapists are extensively trained on the diseases and injuries of the hand that I treat, and they are able to most effectively manage my patients' hand rehabilitation,” Duffee said. “Additionally, Melissa is a wonderful person who truly cares about her patient's outcomes. She continues to educate herself on the best way to manage her patients' recoveries.”

 

USPS warns of E-mail scam

The United States Postal Service is warning people about fake e-mails using its name. The message claims to be an alert about an undelivered package, but it really carries a virus. Email users are receiving messages which say the Postal Service has been unable to deliver a package. The package can be claimed by downloading an attached confirmation form to take to the post office. However, those who click on the file will download a virus which phishes for personal and banking information on their computer.

 

GM announces recall

General Motors announced this week that another 3.36 million cars worldwide would be added its recall list after being linked to eight crashes and six injuries. The new recall affects model year cars from 2000 to 2014, and some affected models are the Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac Deville and DTS, and the Buick Lacrosse, Lucerne and Regal. Extra weight on the key chain can cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the power steering and power breaking while the car is being driven.

This recall brings the year’s total number of recalled GM vehicles to more than 20 million.

For more information or to see if a recall is required, visit https://recalls.gm.com/?evar18=GMcom#/.

 

Toyo announces expansion

Toyo Automotive, a manufacturer of anti-vibration auto parts, will invest $6 million and create up to 10 new jobs at its facility in Simpson County.

“We are excited to see Toyo Automotive grow in Kentucky with the creation of new jobs and an investment of more than $6 million in Franklin, adding to the company’s footprint in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our automotive industry continues to stand out as one of the best in the nation, and we owe a lot of that success to quality suppliers such as Toyo Automotive.”

Toyo Automotive plans to purchase new rubber mixing equipment, which will allow the company to internalize some processes it currently outsources. Other planned investments will modernize and expand the 165,000-square-foot facility in the Sanders Interstate Industrial Park in Franklin.

“We are pleased to bring this rubber mixing process into our facility,” said Ron Wyans, Toyo’s plant manager. “This expansion of our processes and improvements in others will certainly improve our competitive position and will lead to new business for us here in Franklin. That opportunity will help us secure our future for many years to come.”

Toyo Automotive started in Japan in 1945 and has produced anti-vibration auto parts in Kentucky since 2002. The company is a primary provider for manufacturers such as Toyota and Nissan. Toyo Automotive also exports parts around the world.

 

Bulletin board

  • AA Service Center, 890 Frankfort Road in Shelbyville, will celebrate its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony from noon to 2 p.m. on June 27.
  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have a Business After Hours event on 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Shelbyville Physical Therapy & Spine Care. For more information, contact the chamber at 502-633-1636.

 

Bits & bytes:

  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.86 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.8 cents per gallon the past week to $3.65 per gallon. Including the change in gas prices in Louisville during the past week, prices Sunday were 16.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 3.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 2.6 cents per gallon in the last month and stands 3.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

 

Briefcase is compiled from press releases and other information submitted to The Sentinel-News. The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.